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This is a problem I’ve been mentally wrestling with for a little while. My children are almost 3 and 5, and I’m not too worried about their surfing habits right now, but I am a little worried about where they may go by accident. Not to mention that as they get older, I will have to worry about where they’re surfing.
From a quick glance, this quide appears to be well thought out and relatively complete, but it is pretty basic. It has enought information for the average geek to figure out how to implement the proxy, but I know my wife or my father would be totally mystified by the explanations. Of course, if your reading my page, you probably fall more into the ‘geek’ category than either of them.
I’m going to take a longer look at this and talk to my wife about implementation. It wouldn’t do to set this up and then start blocking her traffic by accident. I wonder how much granularity of control the software offers? I manage several SurfControl boxes at work, but it’s definitely not worth the effort to set that up at home. I also want a solution that’s not on the computer the kids use. I expect them to be hacking that computer within a few years, and I’d feel safer not having the controls where they can possibly access them.
If you have kids, what are you using to limit their surfing? Are you using a product on the desktop, such as NetNanny, or are you using a proxy already? Or are you using education and discussion as your tool of choice? Remembering my own childhood, I won’t feel bad if they see a little p0rn, but there are definitely some things out there I don’t want my children exposed to.